When a Kodiak man momentarily stepped away from his 2007 Nissan Titan on Wednesday to drop his two children off at daycare, a woman the man does not know jumped in the truck and got behind the wheel, according to the Alaska State Troopers.
The blonde-haired woman, who is not identified by troopers while charges are pending, allegedly locked the doors of Curtis Howell’s truck and sped away without permission shortly before 9 a.m.
Kodiak Police Department officers joined troopers in a search for the truck, and the woman was eventually located on Mission Road.
She is accused of leading law enforcement on a pursuit that lasted 19 minutes and ended when Alaska Wildlife Troopers deployed spike strips to bring the truck to a halt.
Troopers wrote in a dispatch that the Kodiak woman refused to open the doors, and troopers had to break the driver’s side window to remove her from the truck.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters said the truck will take about $2,000 to repair, with damage to the tires and window.
The suspect was taken to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for medical treatment not associated with the arrest.
According to troopers, the woman will likely face charges of first-degree vehicle theft, failure to stop at the direction of an officer, three counts of third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
Channel 2's Chris Klint contributed to this story